BubbaJin From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 27 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5436 times:
I have always wondered what constitutes an aircraft being considered a long range aircraft, medium range, short range etc. Is their a certain distance the aircraft can travel or the amount of pax it can carry? Any help would be appreciated!
Those are purely subjective values. And, if you ask me, they are rather outdated.
There is no official definition of what constitutes short, medium, long, or ultra-long haul.
Here are my own definitions:
1. Minihaul: Any flight up to two hours duration. Examples: Chicago-Cleveland, Orlando-Atlanta, Madrid-Barcelona
2. Short haul: Any flight between two and five hours duration. Examples: New York-Miami, Denver-Boston, Tokyo-Seoul
3. Medium haul: Any flight between five and nine hours duration. Examples: New York-London, Tokyo-Bangkok, London-Cairo
4. Long haul. Any flight between nine and 14 hours duration. Examples: New York-Tokyo, London-Johannesburg, Paris-Hong Kong
5. Ultra-Long Haul. Any flight over 14 hours duration. Examples: New York-Singapore, New York-Hong Kong, New-York-Boston (during weather delays).
If you're seated in category 1, chances are your ears are ringing and your knees are getting bruised. That's because you're wedged into a turboprop or a regional jet. If you're seated in categories 4 or 5, pray that you're in first or business class aboard a non-US carrier.
To me, nothing better personifies the beauty of air travel than the advancement of long range flying -- the idea, previously inconceivable, that distant, exotic continents are but a single, simple journey away. And for you, the consumer? A look on Travelocity shows that a super-saver from Singapore Airlines, on the longest flight in the world, is selling for as little as $815 round trip. To put it another way, that's about five cents a mile.
Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5107 times:
Everyone seems to have their own opinions, but I generally think of them as:
Regional: Hour or less. Usually flown by turboprops, sometimes RJs etc. Examples Vancouver-Kelowna, Vancouver-Seattle.
Short Haul: 1-4 hours. Usually flown by RJs, 737s, A320s, etc.
Examples: Vancouver-Whitehorse, Vancouver-Calgary.
Medium Haul: 4-8 hours. Usually flown by 737s, A320s, 757s, A330s, and others.
Examples: Vancouver-Honolulu, Vancouver-Toronto.
Long Haul: 8-14 hours. Usually flown by A340s, 777s, 747s, A380s, etc.
Examples: Vancouver-Tokyo, Vancouver-Frankfurt.
Ultra Long Haul: 14+ Hours. Basically where you need airplanes like the 777-200LR or A340-500 to do it. Example Vancouver-Sydney.
Also can be looked at by aircraft...
Most turboprops, RJs, etc = Regional flying
CRJ, 737, A320, etc. = Short range
A300, A320, 737NG, 757, A-market 777s, A330s, = Medium range
A330, A340, 777-ERs, 747, 787, A380 = Long haulers
777-200LR, A340-500 = Ultra long haul
All of the above are roughly about give or take ish, and based on opinion.